A group of Scillonians heavily involved with transport issues to and from the islands will be pressing for subsidised transport links to the mainland before a House of Commons transport committee later today.
FRIST members (Friends of Isles of Scilly Transport) Marian Bennett and Tim Guthrie; Robert Francis, director of the Islands Tourism Partnership; Councillor Chris Thomas, chair of the islands’ transport committee; chief executive Theo Leijer and Nigel Blackler, Cornwall Council’s head of transportation, waste and environment are travelling to Westminster for the meeting this afternoon.
They will present evidence to the committee to back up their call for the Isles of Scilly to be treated as a special case, similar to many Scottish islands.
They want a lifeline deficit subsidy to ensure affordable, reliable, all-year transport services between the islands and the mainland.
The meeting comes against a background of deteriorating services to Scilly - the helicopter service from Penzance ended 18 months ago and Land's End airport has been closed because of water-logged runways since the end of 2013.
In addition, proposals to improve the runway at Land's End has been put back, awaiting European permissions to be granted.